Some hours and perhaps a day or two, had already passed. The rebels were impatientwaiting for their enemies. Was the Spanish force coming? Two, and then three moreshots were heard. General Antonio of the rebel force went up a tall tree to find out.Verily, the Spanish force was coming. He blew his bugle and the rebels reported to their leader, Palaris. The latter instructed them to line up along the opposite west bank of theBayambang River and spread themselves.The Spanish force numbering 33 Spaniards and 400 natives headed by Francisco Arayatfrom Bacolor, finally arrived at the east bank of the river. As the river was impossible tocrossed, the Spanish leader detained his men for some time. Then he thought best to sendan embassy to the rebels so that they would submit."If Your Majesty Has Muskets, We Have Cannons."Palaris received the members of the embassy courteously, who accordingly told him of their plan. Immediately he replied (rather haughtily): "If your majesty has muskets, wehave cannons." Thereupon, the Spanish commander was compelled to make war on them,attacking them in the trenches which they built with five hundred men equipped withthirty-four muskets and some cannons besides their bows and arrows.The rebels hurled their banner to the breeze accompanied by a hot from a cannon of thecaliber of four, and two shots from falconets. Spanish Lieutenant Pedro Hernani, with onesergeant, one corporal, and twenty soldiers began to cross the river on their horses.The rest of the Spanish force was left as a reserve. Lieutenant Pedro Hernani was the firstto reach the other bank; but he was at once shot by General Domingo by an arrow which pierced his breast. Lieutenant Hernani, at once returned his deadly blow by a gunshotcrashing in at Domingo's temple, and they both died - the heroes of the occasion.The Rebel's FlagPedro Tagle succeeded Lieutenant Hernani. He shouted at his soldiers not to waver, andthe battle was on. It later developed into a hand to hand fight; and the rebels, lacking inmilitary training and equipment began to waver, and they broke. The Spanish forcecaptured their flag which they immediately brought to their commander-in-chief,Francisco Arayat.The rebel flag was two varas long and a trifle more narrow. At each corner was a two-headed eagle, and in the center an escutcheon with its border. Within it were the arms of the Order of St. Dominic. With the rebel flag in their possession, the Spanish forcedecided to return to Manila, thinking that the rebels were already gone for good never tooffer trouble again. Palaris saw them leaving, and desirous still to kill some soldiers of the Spanish army, he adroitly crossed the river and attacked them from behind. After killing many of them to his heart's satisfaction he dashed to the thick underbrush and thenescaped to join men. The Spanish commander forbore to attack them reiterating that hewould act mildly, and he continued his march to Manila.